Going on a trip is one of the best ways to recoup your lost energy and revitalize yourself. But before you know it, your trip can be ruined by leaving a crucial piece of your gear at home. While no one can say that composing a checklist is the most fun thing in the world, it sure does a lot to help you make the preparations necessary. So without further ado, what are the seven essential items you should never allow yourself to forget to pack?1. Medication
For illustrative purposes, let’s divide medication into two basic categories. The first one is the medication needed to survive. And the other is the kind that alleviates some minor health-related issues and improves the quality of your life. While it’s almost impossible to forget the former, it’s easy to see why the latter can slip your mind like it’s nothing (and no one is blaming you for it).
Speaking of medication, are you traveling to a foreign country? Then make sure to do your homework and check if any preventable diseases are rampant there. If this is the case, you’re going to want to make sure to stock up on extra medication.2. Passport
While forgetting your own passport at home doesn’t seem that likely, it’s a different story when it comes to the one belonging to your kid. In the worst-case scenario, you two may not be allowed to pass through the border.
While we’re on the topic of passports, make sure to check its expiration date. It’s good practice to calculate your overall staying time and add six months of validity on top of that. If your passport is about to expire, it might be best to renew it now to save yourself the hassle later.
Carrying around credit cards and other digital means of payment has gotten us spoiled to the point of thinking that cash is no longer necessary. While true that most places will happily take any form of payment, some are cash-only. Don’t believe it? Then try and see for yourself.
Plus, having some cash on you always comes in handy for tipping the waiter or something similar. Or buying that last-minute souvenir. In case you’re traveling to another country, it doesn’t hurt to convert some of it to foreign currency before you get there.4. A VPN
New region, new rules. At least that’s how it is in terms of online censorship. Have you ever laid out the perfect trip, brought out the laptop next to a pool and some palm trees, only to find out that you can’t access your Netflix account from your current region? It happens. But it’s preventable by installing a VPN on your device before you leave.
And that’s not it. If you want to go online, a VPN is a must. It will shield your connection from would-be hackers and snoopers. During your travels, it’s convenient to sit down at a place that offers free Wi-Fi. But without a VPN to shield you, these connections are inherently insecure. Good thing there’s no need to give up the convenience because there are plenty of vendors offering a virtual private network these days. And there’s no need to be exceptionally tech-savvy to use one either.5. Pen and paper
Ah yes, the good old pen and paper. What seems like a redundant pair of items to carry in today’s digital world is, in reality, a lifesaver as anyone who has ever had anything to do with long immigration queues can tell you.
At the very least, bring your own pen to avoid having to compete with others for the one that’s available at the table. That way, you’ll save yourself some time. Plus, pen and paper always come in handy to jot down a thought or two. Not to mention the times when you need to communicate with a local in a foreign language. Drawings can really help in a situation like this.
6. Reusable water bottle
You’d be amazed how often you might find yourself without consumable water at your disposal. Don’t drink enough of it and you’ll find yourself fatigued and dizzy, likely to be accompanied by other health problems.
Carrying a reusable water bottle will also save you a couple of bucks since you won’t have to keep buying new bottles all the time.7. Hand sanitizers
Airplane hygiene is known to be a tad bit questionable and every form of public transport suffers from a similar problem. So you can’t go wrong with carrying plenty of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, you might catch something that will ruin your entire holiday.
Make sure to get the alcohol-based ones and rub your hands until they’re clean. In any case, you won’t believe how useful these will be – you can’t always count on having soap and water nearby.Conclusion
No matter how you put it, these items are handy to have around. Do you already have them safely packed in your luggage?